Richard Wagner, justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Richard Wagner, justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will participate in Windsor Law’s judge in residence program Wednesday and Thursday.

Supreme Court justice to take up residence at Windsor Law

Two public events Wednesday at Windsor Law will mark a term as judge in residence for the Hon. Richard Wagner, justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Wagner will deliver a lunchtime lecture entitled Judicial Activism: a Misnomer in our Midst at noon October 26 in the Moot Court, Ron. W. Ianni Faculty of Law Building.

At 4 p.m. that same day, he will participate in a roundtable discussion exploring the ramifications of the duty of good faith in contract law. Panellists include:

  • Marcela Aroca, principal with Aroca Litigation;
  • Windsor law professors Jeff Berryman, Pascale Chapdelaine, and Jeffrey Hewitt; and
  • Tory Harris, professor of law at University of Detroit Mercy.

Their discussion will focus on the dialogue between Canadian common law, Quebec civil law, Indigenous law and U.S. law. This event will also take place in the Moor Court.

MHK students gather on the set of CBC Sports Hockey CentralProfessors Craig Greenham and Jess Dixon and MHK students gather on the set of CBC Sports Hockey Central with media executives Peter Sisam, David Masse and Scott Moore.

Trip gives students an inside look at pro sports

A trip to Toronto earlier this semester gave master’s students in sport management an opportunity to see behind the scenes at some of Canada’s largest pro sports enterprises.

Professors Craig Greenham and Jess Dixon took the graduate students for an educational experience that provided professional development and a chance to network.

UWindsor alumnus Mike Thompson (MHK 2010), now manager of fan experience for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, organized a series of speakers for the group and led a tour through the Air Canada Centre, home venue for hockey’s Maple Leafs and basketball’s Raptors.

During a tour of the Rogers Centre, students met David Haynes, co-ordinator of professional scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays, to discuss organizational perspectives on everything from ticket sales and game day operations to marketing and media relations. The tour even included photo opportunities with the team’s two World Series trophies.

During a visit to CBC television studios, students met with three high-profile sports executives:

  • Peter Sisam, vice-president of IMG media for the sports and entertainment company IMG Canada;
  • Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties at Rogers Media; and
  • David Masse, senior director of CBC Sports.

In addition to touring the Hockey Night in Canada sets, the group learned about partnerships in the sports media industry and tips to ease their entrance into the field.

“It was nice to hear from veterans in the industry about prioritizing, especially regarding ensuring that your own happiness is key to success,” said MHK student Ayobami Ogunlana. “The CBC presenters mentioned this and it really resonated with me.”

A second perspective on media was gained in the offices of Wasserman Media Group, a sports marketing and talent agency. And the students met with alumni of UWindsor human kinetics programs for a cocktail reception at Real Sports Bar and Grill in Maple Leaf Square.

Lauren Breadner, in her first year of master’s studies, said she loved the field trip.

“Through the various discussions and presentations, we learned that a job in sport could mean so much more than working for a professional team,” she said. “There are many other directions that a career in sport could take and it was awesome to explore a few of those options.”

Lancer men’s soccer playLancer men’s soccer will play a first-round playoff game Wednesday on the road; the women are home to the McMaster Marauders at 6 p.m. on Alumni Field.

Lancer soccer taking to pitch for post-season play

Both men’s and women’s Lancer soccer teams qualified for the playoffs and will open their post-season campaigns Wednesday against the McMaster Marauders.

The women finished win a win-loss-tie record of 8-1-7, good for fourth place in the Ontario University Athletics west division and will host their opening round match on Alumni Field at 6 p.m. The 8-6-2 Marauders were the only team to defeat Windsor this season — a 1-0 decision in Hamilton on October 2 with the lone goal scored with just a minute left in regulation time.

The Lancer men got some help over the weekend to finish sixth in the division and qualify for the playoffs. The team will travel to Hamilton to meet the Marauders in the first round. Game time is 8 p.m.

Scholar-in-residence to mentor law students in intellectual property

Karima BawaThe inaugural scholar-in-residence of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Clinic lab in the Faculty of Law is an expert in intellectual property and a former executive at one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies.

Karima Bawa is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation, where she studies issues surrounding the commercialization of university research and advises technology start-ups. Bawa served as chief legal officer at Research in Motion (now BlackBerry Ltd.) from 2000 to 2012.

As scholar-in-residence at LTEC Lab, she will work closely with professor Myra Tawfik and other members of the team, which pulls together UWindsor faculty, students and alumni interested in projects on the theme of law and technology.

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Session to provide basic training in Drupal web system

A free class Tuesday, November 8, will help staff and faculty responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites learn the basics of the Drupal content management system.

Drupal 7 - Basic Training will focus on teaching site editors how to create pages and events, upload graphics, and use menus and blocks, says instructor Rob Aitkens, web architecture, development and design lead in Public Affairs and Communications.

The class is for employees with little experience in the system, those upgrading their sites from version 6 to 7, or as a refresher. It will run 1:30 to 4 p.m. and is limited to 16 participants. Registration is required through this online form.

Aitkens reminds those unable to attend that Drupal support resources, including the online training guide and FAQs, are available at

Nominate an individual or group for the Excellence in Health and Safety Award

Do you know an individual or group who deserves recognition? The Employee Recognition Committee encourages nominations for the Excellence in Health and Safety Award.

The Excellence in Health and Safety Award recognizes the contributions that employees make in fostering a culture of health and safety in the workplace. To be considered for the award, nominees must have:

  • demonstrated a commitment to health and safety in the workplace beyond the requirements of their roles;
  • actively worked towards the continuous improvement of health and safety in the workplace (for example, taken activities/actions to prevent injuries or illnesses, prevented unsafe conditions or practices);
  • actively promoted a work and service environment that is respectful, collegial and supportive.

The Excellence in Health and Safety Award is part of the Employee Recognition Awards Program which is co-ordinated by the Department of Human Resources. Other awards open for nominations include: Service Excellence Awards, Excellence in Leadership Award, Impact Award, “U” Make A Difference Award, and UWindsor Spirit Award.

The deadline for nominations is November 18. Find details, including award criteria, nomination forms and tips for completing a nomination on the Department of Human Resources Recognition website.

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Grant recipients to explain impact of cancer research funding

Three UWindsor biology professors who have received research grants from the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation will discuss the impact of this funding in a free public seminar on Wednesday, October 26.

John Hudson, Lisa Porter and Andrew Swan highlight how projects supported by the Seeds4Hope program have fostered networks of scientists and health care professionals.

Their presentations come as the foundation announces this year’s recipients under the grant program, at 11 a.m. at the Ambassador Golf Club, 1025 Sprucewood Avenue. Admission is free, but organizers welcome donations to the research funding program.

Deadline approaching for human rights awards nominations

UWindsor staff, faculty, students, alumni and retirees have until October 31 to nominate individuals and groups for awards recognizing their contributions to advance human rights, social justice, diversity, inclusivity, employment equity and accessibility.

The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility issues annual awards in four categories:

  • Accessibility
  • Employment Equity
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • the OHREA Award

Find a full list of criteria and a nomination form on the awards website.